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Local Robotics Team to Compete in Regional Robotics Championship

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Price Poston, Brandon Villar, Cole Kenny, Logan & Carter Peterson,  Jamie Poston Price Poston, Brandon Villar, Cole Kenny, Logan & Carter Peterson, Jamie Poston

Several area high school students from Reno and Virginia City will compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge later this month in Sacramento.

The Enterprisers, partnered with teams from Piedmont and Auburn, California took first place at the Northern California Regional Championship in February to qualify for Super-Regionals. Only two Nevada teams have qualified, one from northern Nevada and one from southern Nevada.

The top teams from the Super-Regional will advance to the FTC World Championship, April 23-26, 2014, at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo.

The Enterprisers' robot building and competition budget is $5,000 for the 2013-2014 competition season, and they have raised $3,200 so far. Sponsors include Hijinx, Reno; the Alcoa Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA; Reno Buick-GMC-Cadillac; Bucket of Blood Saloon, Virginia City; Learning Express, Reno; Southtowne Crossing, Reno. The team welcomes additional sponsors. If you can help, please contact Coach Patti Poston, PPoston@mm.st.

Using a combination of motors, controllers, wireless communications, metal gears, and sensors, including infrared tracking (IR) and touch sensors, students program their robots to operate in both autonomous and driver-controlled modes on a specially designed field.

The object of the 2013-2014 game is to score more points than an opponent by placing plastic blocks into pendulum goals. Teams will be challenged to raise their team alliance flag up a flagpole, raise their robots off the ground using a platform pull-up bar, and end the match with a balanced pendulum to earn extra points. FTC BLOCK PARTY! matches will last two minutes and 30 seconds, and begin with a 30-second autonomous period followed by a two-minute driver-controlled period. The final 30 seconds of the driver-controlled period is the "end game;" it is during this time that teams can attempt to earn bonus points.

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